Facelifted BMW 3-Series

Sometime next year, BMW will unveil the facelifted BMW 3-Series and alongside the launch of the new car, a plug-in hybrid variant will hit the market. In recent months, a plethora of test mules have been spied testing with minimal camouflage and with that in mind, Theophilus Chin has decided to render how the tweaked German sedan could look.

As prototypes have previewed, the facelifted BMW 3-Series will only feature minimal visual tweaks including the installation of revised headlights and taillights. The car rendered above has also been fitted with a revised front bumper incorporating new air intakes and dual fog lights.

On an engine front, the facelifted BMW 3-Series will become available with the German firm’s 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder diesel and petrol engines with power being sent to the rear wheels. Furthermore, the firm’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine and its 3.0-litre inline-six unit will be heavily revised.

As for the BMW 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid, it will make use of a twin-turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine joined with an electric motor and mated to an eight speed Steptronic transmission. The internal combustion and electric motor make for a combined 242 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor alone is enough to propel the 3-Series Plug-In Hybrid prototype to a top speed of 120 km/h.

[Via Theophilus Chin]

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